We went back for some quick cocktails and snacks to LINO last night and I was pleased to see that the (still relatively new) venue is maintaining its success. The huge central bar in the capacious old linoleum warehouse was surrounded by happy hour customers, but the place is so big that there was still plenty of space to find a table – I have to says that I do love their heavy marble table-tops and sofa seating!
I say ‘happy hour’ but their current special is actually ‘Sauer Hour’ – every night between 4pm – 7pm, you can get a portion of irresistible sauerkraut croquettes (tried and tested on the last review) and a sour bush cocktail for £10.
We sat outside on the summer terrace to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun. I’m hoping with time that they can put more tables out all over that courtyard because the area screams ‘Parisian boulevard’, especially since Halfcup has opened on the other side of the walkway.
Service was great (even outside at the last table), and we ordered Cannellini hummus and fermented potato flatbread which, at £5, was a great bargain enough for 2 or 3 people as a snack. We also went for the Charcuterie plate, at £12, with delicious thick sliced of homemade sourdough toast.
Charcuterie plate £12
My partner loved the rusticity of this plate, and the chunky pork terrine (prepared on the premises) but I’m not a fan of visible fats, so I just stole the leaner meat slices and the irresistible fruit compote inside the pâté circle.
Tiki Taki – Coconut rum, caribbean pineapple, cranberry juice and bitters £10
Of course, what’s not to love about a cocktail, and the Tiki Taki , at £10, was long enough to last the course and so refreshing that I forgot the take the photo before my first few gulps!
I recommend a ‘Sauer Hour’ trip as soon as you can – a bargain, not to be missed!
Restaurant is open:
Monday: 5pm – 11pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday: 11am – 11.30pm
For reservations call 020 8016 5199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.